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U.S. Highway 78

U.S. Highway 78 East
U.S. 78-278 & Georgia 8 share pavement from Northside Drive (U.S. 19 & 41) eastward to the one-way street couplet of Spring and Peachtree Streets. There U.S. 29 turns easterly onto North Avenue (U.S. 78-278 & Georgia 8). The four highways proceed three blocks east to Piedmont Avenue where they turn north one block. Pictured here is Piedmont Avenue northbound at Ponce De Leon Avenue. U.S. 29-78-278 & Georgia 8 north/east turn right onto Ponce De Leon Avenue eastbound. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78-278 and Georgia 8 eastbound shield assembly on Ponce De Leon Avenue. The east-west surface highway carries between four and six lanes between Piedmont Avenue and Juniper Street eastward to the Atlanta city limits. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Approaching the east end of Freedom Parkway (Georgia 10) on Ponce De Leon Avenue (U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78-278 and Georgia 8 eastbound). Freedom Parkway was constructed in the 1990s as an extension of the defunct Interstate 485 freeway (Georgia 410 freeway stub) from Interstate 75 & 85 eastward to Ponce De Leon Avenue. Unlike the planned freeway, Freedom Parkway is an at-grade facility with intersections. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The intersection of Ponce De Leon Avenue at Freedom Parkway. Georgia 10 enters the four-way overlap of U.S. 29-78-278 & Georgia 8 eastbound. The state highway begins at the Interstate 75 & 85 Exit 248C stack interchange near downtown. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78-278 and Georgia 8-10 eastbound (Ponce De Leon Avenue) at Mooreland Avenue (U.S. 29 & Georgia 42). Here U.S. 23 northbound splits with Georgia 42 for Ponce De Leon Avenue. The federal highway becomes the sixth element to the overlap of Ponce De Leon Avenue between Mooreland Avenue and Georgia 155 (Clairemont Avenue). Photo taken 01/17/04.
A six pack of reassurance shields for U.S. 23-29-78-278 and Georgia 8-10 is posted at the gateway to Springdale Park on Ponce De Leon Avenue eastbound. The roadway straddles parkland through to the Decatur city line. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 278 & Georgia 10 depart Ponce De Leon for Lake Road at Deepdene Park near the Atlanta city line. U.S. 278 & Georgia 10 follow Howard Avenue through downtown Decatur (pop. 18,147), and eastern suburb of Atlanta. Georgia 10 returns to U.S. 78 near Stone Mountain. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 29 & 78 guide signs posted at the U.S. 278 & Georgia 10 (Lake Road) intersection with Ponce De Leon Avenue. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 23-29 north & U.S. 78 and Georgia 8 eastbound reassurance shield assembly on Ponce De Leon Avenue after the U.S. 278 & Georgia 10 eastbound split. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 23-29 north & U.S. 78 and Georgia 8 east pass underneath a narrow railroad overcrossing before parting ways with Ponce De Leon Avenue at the city of Decatur. The four-way overlap turn northeasterly onto Scott Boulevard through Decatur itself. Ponce De Leon meanwhile continues eastward to the center of town and Clarkston (pop. 7,231). Photo taken 01/17/04.
A second set of U.S. 29 & 78 guide signs is posted at the Scott Boulevard split from Ponce De Leon Avenue. Ponce De Leon Avenue at one time carried U.S. 29 Business & Georgia 8 into downtown Decatur to Church Street. At Church Street U.S. 29 Business & Georgia 8 turned northward to a return to U.S. 29 & U.S. 78 (Scott Boulevard). U.S. 29 Business was terminated and Georgia 8 realigned during the 1990s. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Scott Boulevard eastbound approaching Georgia 155 (Clairmont Road). Georgia 155 straddles the eastern suburbs of Atlanta via Flat Schoals Parkway, Candler Road/Avenue, Clairmont Avenue/Road. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The junction of U.S. 23-29-78 and Georgia 8 (Scott Boulevard) with Georgia 155 (Clairmont Road) represents the eastern extant of the U.S. 23 overlap with U.S. 29-78 and Georgia 8. U.S. 23 turns northward ahead onto Clairmont Road with Georgia 155 through to the original Buford Highway alignment near Chamblee (pop. 9,552). Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 23 departs Scott Boulevard for Clairmont Road (Georgia 155). U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78 and Georgia 8 eastbound continue along Scott Boulevard for another two miles to North Dekalb. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Interstate 285 trailblazer posted on Scott Boulevard (U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78 and Georgia 8 eastbound) after Clairmont Road (U.S. 23 north & Georgia 155). U.S. 29 & Georgia 8 intersect the Perimeter Highway via Exit 39. U.S. 78 & Georgia 410 intersect the Atlanta Beltway at Exit 39. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 29 north & U.S. 78 and Georgia 8 eastbound (Scott Boulevard) at Church Street northeast of Dekalb. Church Street used to carry U.S. 29 Business and Georgia 8 back onto U.S. 29 & 78 here. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Closer look at the U.S. 29-78 & Georgia 8 shield assembly at the intersection of Scott Boulevard and Church Street. An Interstate 285 trailblazer is visible in the background on Church Street itself. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The split of U.S. 29 north & Georgia 8 (Lawrenceville Highway) eastbound from U.S. 78 & Georgia 410 (Stone Mountain Parkway). The interchange composes the western terminus of Georgia 410, an east-west highway following the Stone Mountain Parkway between U.S. 29 and Georgia 10. U.S. 29 north & Georgia 8 follow the surface arterial Lawrence Highway to North Dekalb and Tucker (pop. 26,532) through the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta. The Stone Mountain Parkway from Interstate 285 westbound was once touted as part of Interstate 485. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Traffic from Druid Hills and Valley Brook Roads merge onto the Stone Mountain Parkway eastbound ahead of the Exit 2 directional cloverleaf interchange with the Atlanta Beltway. In the background is the McLendon Drive overpass. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Closer look at the Exit 2 overhead pictured in the above photograph. Interstate 285 receives the control cities for the Interstate junctions of 20, 75, and 85. The aforementioned on-ramp becomes the exit-only lane for the Perimeter Highway. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The Exit 2 off-ramp carries two lanes to Interstate 285 from U.S. 78 & Georgia 410 (Stone Mountain Parkway) eastbound. Interstate 485 was to encompass the westernmost 1.50 miles of the Stone Mountain Parkway. Photo taken 01/17/04.
A look at the Exit 2 ramp partition to Interstate 285 north and southbound from U.S. 78 & Georgia 410 eastbound. Interstate 285 junctions with Interstate 85 five miles to the north. Southward the Perimeter Highway meets Interstate 20 in seven miles. The Interstate 285 & U.S. 78-Georgia 410 interchange is the historically planned eastern terminus of Interstate 485. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The Stone Mountain Parkway consists of six lanes eastward from Interstate 285 to Snellville. The first interchange east of the Beltway is the Exit 3 diamond with Brockett Road. Brockett Road begins nearby at Ponce De Leon Avenue at Clarkston (pop. 7,231) to Georgia 236 (LaVista Road). Photo taken 01/17/04.
The fourth auxiliary lane from the Interstate 285 on-ramp departs for Brockett Road (Exit 3). Brockett Road intersects Cooledge Road just north of the interchange. Cooledge Road links U.S. 78 & Georgia 410 with U.S. 29 & Georgia 8 (Lawrenceville Highway) at Northlake Parkway. Photo taken 01/17/04.
An upcoming exits sign is posted at the Idlewood Road overcrossing. U.S. 78 & Georgia 410 eastbound intersects Mountain Industrial Boulevard (Exit 4) in one half mile. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Mountain Industrial Boulevard continues Hairston Road northward from Ponce De Leon Avenue to U.S. 29 & Georgia 8 (Lawrenceville Highway) through the suburb of Tucker (pop. 26,532). Jimmy Carter Boulevard (Georgia 40) takes over the Mountain Industrial Boulevard alignment at the Lawrenceville Highway. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Entering the final mile of Georgia 410 on U.S. 78 (Stone Mountain Parkway) eastbound. The upcoming trumpet interchange sees U.S. 78 merge with Georgia 10 on the Stone Mountain Bypass. Georgia 10 transitions from Memorial Drive to the Stone Mountain Bypass nearby at Ponce De Leon Avenue. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The exit numbering convention of the Stone Mountain Parkway continues on the Stone Mountain Bypass alignment of U.S. 78 & Georgia 10. The exit numbers however are sequentially based and not mile-based like the Georgia Interstate system. Crossing over the freeway here is Juliette Road. Photo taken 01/17/04.
One half mile from the U.S. 78 (Stone Mountain Parkway) merge onto Georgia 10 (Stone Mountain Bypass) at Exit 5. Visible in the background is Stone Mountain itself. The peak rises 1,686 feet above sea level. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Georgia 410 draws to a close at Exit 5 (Stone Mountain Bypass). Georgia 10 aligns just north of the Stone Mountain (pop. 7,145) city line along Memorial Drive. A folded cloverleaf interchange facilitates movements into the town via Ponce De Leon Avenue and Main Street. An end shield is posted for Georgia 410 ahead of the U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 eastbound merge. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The first interchange of U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 on the Stone Mountain Bypass is that of the southern terminus of Georgia 236 (Hugh Howell Road). The state highway backtracks from U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 to U.S. 29 & Georgia 8 (Lawrenceville Highway). In the background is the Georgia 10 westbound overcrossing for Memorial Drive. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Upcoming exits overhead for the final three interchanges of the U.S. 78 freeway alignment. Stone Mountain Park encompasses the southern frontage of the Bypass between the Georgia 10 merge and Park Place Boulevard. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Just after the merge of Georgia 10 and U.S. 78 eastbound on the Stone Mountain Bypass. Traffic to Georgia 236 north (Hugh Howell Road) departs in one half mile via a trumpet interchange. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The northbound beginning of Georgia 236 (Hugh Howell Road) departs U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 eastbound at Exit 7. Old Hugh Howell Road continues from the junction southward into Stone Mountain Park to old U.S. 78. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Traffic merging onto U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 eastbound from Georgia 236 becomes the exit-only lane for the Stone Mountain Park interchange (Exit 8). Like the previous two interchanges, Exit 8 is also a trumpet. Photo taken 01/17/04.
A pair of lanes leave the Stone Mountain Bypass for Stone Mountain State Park (Jefferson Davis Drive). Situated nearby is Stone Mountain Lake within the park grounds. Note the U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 pull-through panel features only Athens as a control city. Snellville (pop. 15,351), featured previously, is now omitted. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The final off-ramp of the Stone Mountain Bypass departs U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 eastbound in one half mile. Exit 9 provides a diamond interchange between the paired highways and West Park Place Boulevard. The overcrossing in the background is the westbound ramp to Jefferson Davis Drive and Stone Mountain State Park. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 elevate over West Park Place Boulevard at the Exit 9 diamond interchange. The tandem transitions into an at-grade arterial (Stone Mountain Highway) en route to Snellville, Monroe, and Athens. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 bypass the town of Monroe (pop. 11,407) via a limited-access freeway to the north. Georgia 10 Business follows the original routing through town along Spring Street. Pictured here is the partial "Y" interchange with the eastbound beginning of the business loop. Photo taken 01/17/04.
There are two mainline interchanges on the Monroe bypass of U.S. 78 & Georgia 10. The first of these exits occurs at the eastern terminus of Georgia 138. The state highway travels 16 miles between Monroe and the city of Conyers (pop. 10,689). Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 eastbound at the Georgia 138 trumpet interchange north of Monroe. The state highway follows a two lane highway south to Spring Street (Georgia 10 Business) and Walnut Grove (pop. 1,241) at junction Georgia 81. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Georgia 11 (Broad Street) intersects the Monroe Bypass via a diamond interchange. The north-south highway meanders northward five miles to Campton and nine miles to Bethlehem (pop. 716) on the 14-mile path to Winder (pop. 10,201). Photo taken 01/17/04.
Motorists to Georgia 11 (Broad Street) leave the Monroe Bypass eastbound. 11 miles to the south, Georgia 11 enters the community of Social Circle (pop. 3,379) in southern Walton County. The next exit ahead sees Georgia 10 Business (Spring Street) return to U.S. 78 & Georgia 10. From there the paired routes follow a four-lane at-grade highway to Mount Vernon (pop. 2,082) and Athens (pop. 100,266). Photo taken 01/17/04.
Georgia Loop 10 & U.S. 78 eastbound at Exit 17 (U.S. 129-441 & Georgia 15 south). The trio of routes follow Macon Highway southward from the Athens Perimeter Highway to Watkinsville (pop. 2,097) and Bishop (pop. 146) en route to Madison (pop. 3,636). U.S. 129 & 441 overall overlap 58 miles between Eatonton (pop. 6,764) and the city of Athens. U.S. 129-441 & Georgia 15 merge onto Georgia Loop 10 at the Milledge Avenue (Georgia 15 Alternate) interchange of Exit 15 in two miles. From there the three highways share pavement with the Athens loop for six miles to Exit 9. Photo taken 01/17/04.
The Athens Perimeter Highway Outer loop at Exit 15 (Milledge Avenue). U.S. 129-441 & Georgia 15 join Georgia Loop 10 & U.S. 78 via the Milledge Avenue diamond interchange from the north. Milledge Avenue (Georgia 15 Alternate) intersects Macon Highway (U.S. 129-441 & Georgia 15) just north of Exit 15. Otherwise the north-south surface avenue carries Georgia 15 Alternate through downtown to Prince Avenue. The avenue ends two miles to the south at Whitehall & Simonton Bridge Roads. While the pull-through panel displays U.S. 29, Georgia Loop 10 does not meet U.S. 29 until Exit 11. Photo taken 01/17/04.
Georgia Loop 10 Outer and U.S. 129-441 & Georgia 15 north split with U.S. 78 eastbound at Exit 13. U.S. 78 & Georgia 10 travel Lexington Road to Athens/Ben Epps Airport eastward to the Clarke County line. The pair continue from there along Athens Road to Crawford (pop. 807) and Lexington (pop. 239) in 16 miles. U.S. 78 Business enters the fold from O'Conee Street and downtown Athens from the northwest. Photo taken 01/17/04.
U.S. Highway 78 West
U.S. 23-29 south & U.S. 78-278 and Georgia 8-10 westbound (Ponce De Leon Avenue) at Mooreland Avenue (Georgia 42) in Atlanta. Here U.S. 23 departs the six-way overlap for Mooreland Avenue southbound (Georgia 42). U.S. 23 did not always share pavement with U.S. 29-78-278. The federal highway originally continued northward with its state highway counterpart Georgia 42 along Briercliff and Druid Hill Roads to Georgia 13 (Buford Highway). From there U.S. 23 took the Buford Highway northward to Clairmont Road (Georgia 155). The routing change to Ponce De Leon Avenue and Clairmont Roads occurred in the late 1990s. Photos taken 01/17/04.

Page Updated March 7, 2004.